Opinion about programming wizards

Gerard Beekmans gerard at linuxfromscratch.org
Fri Feb 7 12:29:01 PST 2003


On Fri, Feb 07, 2003 at 01:27:44PM -0700, Gerard Beekmans wrote:
> The one thing I missed in the article was one of the good things about 
> wizards: educational value.

Yeah got cut off. Here is the rest:

For the beginner programmer, wizards can provide a
wealth of information. If you find yourself needing database access
routines, you can pull out a wizard and tell it to generate code to access
a MySQL database and query for certain data. Then you can look at the
generated code for ideas how database access functions are written. If the
generated code is bad (truth is, some wizards do a poor job), you can still
learn from it. If nothing else, you learn how not to do it. Which is
equally important as learning how to do it.

Writing a program for the public (as often is with Linux software) is like
writing an exam and the Linux community is going to grade you. If your code
looks bad, it reflects badly on you. You wouldn't want to be called a bad
programmer because you happened to use a wizard for development. Use
wizards wisely, but remember they don't substitute for real programmer
expertise and experience.


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